Di Grassi: Win shows you must never give up

Credit: Abt

Lucas di Grassi hailed his team for the bold strategy call they made at the Mexico City ePrix, and said his improbable win was evidence as to why ‘you must never give up’.

Di Grassi was demoted to the back of the field twice but managed to get his first win of the 2016-17 season.

His race looked like it might be over on the first lap, after Maro Engel ran into the back of him and damaged his rear wing.

His Abt Schaeffler Audi team were able to replace it though after ripping the damaged wing off the back of the car.

They then chose to pit him well before half race distance for his second car, and although it allowed him to close up to the back of the field, it left the Brazilian with a titanic effort needed to eke out his battery life.

He managed it perfectly however, and despite being helped by Jerome d’Ambrosio on a similar strategy holding up the rest of the field behind him, di Grassi took what he thought was one of his most impressive wins ever in his career.

Speaking after the race he said, “Today we have all seen what defines Formula E: you must never give up, regardless of how hopeless the situation appears to be.

“And especially the laps after my stop were possibly the best of my career: I had to manage my energy and couldn’t afford to make a mistake.

“My thanks go to the team in the pits, which was brave enough to risk trying this bold strategy.”

The win helped to make up for last year, when di Grassi won the inaugural Mexico City ePrix only to be disqualified after his car was found to be underweight.

It also hauled him back into title contention, as Sebastien Buemi’s disappointing thirteenth placed finish saw the gap at the top reduced to just five points.

Driver’s Championship

1Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams76
2Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Schaeffler Audi71
3Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams46
4Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah40
5Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing33
6Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing20
7Daniel AbtGERAbt Schaeffler Audi20
8Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing17
9Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV TIO15
10Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TIO15
11Mitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing12
12Antonio Felix da CostaPORAndretti10
13Jose Maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing10
14Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing10
15Loic DuvalFRAFF Dragon Racing9
16Robin FrijnsNEDAndretti8
17Adam CarrollGBRPanasonic Jaguar Racing4
18Maro EngelGERVenturi2
19Stephane SarrazinFRAVenturi1
20Esteban GutierrezMEXTecheetah1

Team’s Championship

1Renault e.damsFRA122
2Abt Schaeffler AudiGER91
3DS Virgin RacingGBR43
5Mahindra RacingIND37
7FF Dragon RacingUSA19
8MS Amlin AndrettiUSA18
9Panasonic Jaguar RacingGBR16